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Floodwaters soak Chatham’s core

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The cleanup is underway this week following the flooding of the Thames River through Chatham, shown here, and Thamesville. Bill Mauro, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs, visited the municipality Monday afternoon to look at the damage. Floodwaters peaked in Thamesville Friday night, and in Chatham Saturday night. See story and more photos on page 20.




Indoor auto show returns Friday

“It’s a great shopping opportunity to see all the dealers under one roof Chatham’s one-stop car in a heated building. It’s shopping showcase re- easy to comparison shop. turns this weekend with Just walk across six feet the annual Chatham In- of carpet and there’s andoor Car Show at the other vehicle to compare John D. Bradley Conven- it to,” he said of the close proximity of the dealers. tion Centre. The free show runs Fri- “The types of cars you want to buy day everight ning to “There’s no pressure. are there.” Sunday afThis isn’t a sale. It’s H e t h ternoon and erington will feature a show. So they (the said close more than dealers and staff) are to 4,000 100 new there to answer any car mod- questions and walk you people att e n d e d els from 10 last year’s C h a t h a m around the car.” event, and dealerships. - Greg Hetherington he expects Greg Hetherington, organizer of similar numbers this year. the event and the voice He thinks the show’s apof CKXS FM radio, ex- peal is the fact no one is pects to see thousands of trying to sell you a car. “There’s no pressure. people come through the doors over the three days This isn’t a sale. It’s a to check out the 2018 line- show. So they (the dealers and staff) are there up of new vehicles.


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Organizers of the 2018 Chatham Indoor Auto Show hope to see upwards of 4,000 people stop in at the John D. Bradley Centre over the weekend to check out more than 100 new vehicle models on display. Be sure to take a look at our special pull-out section on the show in this week’s Chatham Voice.

to answer any questions and walk you around the car,” he said. “If you want to go in and look at everything and not talk to people, they’ll let you do that too. It’s a very comfortable, nice way to spend a couple of hours on an afternoon.” Hetherington said he enjoys the show every year.

“I like hanging out with the dealers and the employees. We’ve gotten to know them. They’re solid community people who like to give back,” he said. “Think about how much money they’ve put into the local economy and how much money they’ve put into charity.” In fact, the dealers made room for various local

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several classic cars in the room as well to help garner attention. The Chatham Indoor Auto Show runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Be sure to take a look at our special pull-out section on the show in this week’s Chatham Voice.

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Canada, Lebanon need to improve co-operation, local woman says

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A Chatham woman’s effort to regain co-custody of her children is going political. After her effort this winter to take her two sons out of Lebanon and back to Canada failed, Jolly Bimbachi hopes to reach out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for help. Bimbachi, with the help of Chatham-Kent native Sean Moore, travelled to Lebanon in November to see her kids, and to attempt to gain partial custody. Bimbachi said her husband took her boys, Omar Ahmad, 8 and Abdal-Geniy Ahmad, 7, to Lebanon from Canada in 2015 and did not return. Ultimately, she tried to turn the tables on her

ex-husband, Ali Ahmad. “We were there in Lebanon trying to get custody of my kids. The court system is so slow. My lawyer even stopped responding,” Bimbachi said. “My ex would threaten that he’d rather the kids would die than come back to me.” She said Moore, who has been to the Middle East in the past on aide trips, had met with a group of smugglers and came up with a plan to get the children out of Lebanon. Originally, it was to be by boat, but ultimately, they tried to go through Syria. That attempt took place on New Year’s Eve, and they managed to cross more than 350 kilometres of Syria on the way to the Turkish border before their luck ran out. “We almost made it. We

were less than two hours from the border. We got delayed because of New Year’s celebrations,” she said. Bimbachi said they had to sign in at a police station in a small village, and when they went to sign out, the police pointed out a social media post by Bimbachi’s husband claiming Bimbachi was trying to get her children back to raise them Christian rather than Muslim. “In an Islamic country, you just don’t say those words,” she said. Bimbachi is Muslim and planned to raise her boys as Muslims. She wound up in court and had to plea her case to three different judges. Throughout it all, she was essentially under house arrest. Continued on page 5

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Arms Out event draws a crowd By Bruce Corcoran

Chatham-Kent’s deputy chief of police is not a needle guy; in fact, he hadn’t given blood for the past 28 years because of that phobia. But he did on Saturday at the Bruce Corcoran/The Chatham Voice Arms Out for Andrew blood donor Jeff Littlewood, deputy chief of the Chatham-Kent Police Service, gives blood Saturday as part of the clinic held at the St. Clair College Arms Out for Andrew blood donor clinic and stem cell testing event at the St. Clair College Healthplex. Healthplex to support Const. Andrew Gaiswinkler. “I’m not a needle guy, but obviously I did this for Andrew,” he said. “I’ve known Andrew since he came on our force (in 2000). He’s a fantastic person and a great police officer.” This past November, Gaiswinkler was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, which is a cancer of the Experience peace of mind blood and bone marrow. for both of you at... Gaiswinkler was rushed by ambulance to London and immediately began chemotherapy. He has been in and out of hospital since, receiving blood transfusions and other medical treatment. The veteran constable is on the One Match registry, awaiting a stem cell donor and transplant. His search went international. Village On The Thames Littlewood wasn’t the only person 850 Grand Ave, Chatham on hand at the clinic on the weekend. It was crowded, and donors had to wait for more than an Get the latest updates and information on Facebook hour in many cases to give.

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Gaiswinkler, who has undergone chemotherapy treatment to battle the cancer, said he feels pretty well these days, but knows the remission is only temporary. “My blood levels are climbing back up,” he said. “I’ve got energy and I feel good.” Seeing the support Saturday only served to bolster his spirits. “I’m very humbled by the whole thing. The guys did a great job promoting this,” he said. While at the blood donor clinic, Gaiswinkler was pleasantly bombarded by well wishes from passing officers. He is cautiously optimistic about the stem cell replacement, as he has two potential donors with matches in nine out of 10 categories. “It’s not 100 per cent, but for two people I got a nine out of 10,” he said, adding one of his children has at least a half match as well. In the past, to receive a transplant, you needed a 10 out of 10, but now stem cell transplants are being done with the nine out of 10 rating. Gaiswinkler said he is to head to Toronto this week to speak to the doctors for more testing and to hopefully firm up a date for the stem cell procedure, which could take place sometime in March. “This is an aggressive form of leukemia. It won’t stay in remission,” Gaiswinkler said.

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Moore was detained in “My face was all over jail, she said. Syria. My captors also be“I felt so devastated. I came my protectors,” she fought it until the last said. minute. I She and “I felt so devastated. felt as long the boys I fought it until the last as my boys stayed at a were with house with minute. I felt as long as me I was a family, my boys were with me safe. When and partic- I was safe. When they they were ipated with were taken, I felt I lost taken, I felt daily activi- all my defence and I I lost all my ties with the defence and family, Bim- became really scared.” I became re- Jolly Bimbachi bachi said. ally scared,” After about she said. 10 days, the boys were Following the court detaken away. While Bimba- cision, Bimbachi said she chi remained at the home, was told to contact the Continued from page 3

Canadian embassy in Turkey to let the Turkish authori t i e s Jolly Bimbachi k n o w she and Moore were coming. Once inside Turkey, she and Moore spent two days in a deportation centre before coming home several weeks ago. Bimbachi said she doesn’t regret trying to get access to her children.

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“I took a chance. If you don’t take chances, you don’t get anywhere,” she said. “I did learn a lot in this journey. I saw the struggle of the Syrian people. I walked the path of the refugees. I felt their struggle and felt their desperation.” Plus, she made some inroads in her quest to gaining access to her children. “The same people who sent back my children have been encouraging my ex-husband to let me talk to my kids. They said they are going to make sure they stay in touch with me,” she said. A matter of minutes after conducting this interview with The Chatham Voice, Bimbachi was to receive a phone call from the boys.

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For Bimbachi, her next dren are grown, but somemove is to take the issue thing must change.” to top political officials in Bimbachi said she knows Canada and Lebanon. of six cases in Canada “My lawalone with yer failed “There needs to be people in situto tell me co-operation between ations similar he (her Lebanon and Canada. to her own. ex) had “Lebanon full custo- It might not happen doesn’t look dy of the until my children are at these casc h i l d r e n grown, but something es as criminal while I must change.” cases, but inwas in - Jolly Bimbachi stead looks at L e b a them as faminon,” she ly issues,” she said. “They (her children) said. “When people live have a right to feel the love in two different countries, of both their parents.” it’s no longer a family isThat’s not an easy thing sue. It has to be looked at to accomplish in Lebanon, differently.” she said. Bimbachi hopes to work “Lebanon is a safe haven through Chatham-Kent for parental kidnapping – Essex MP Dave Van Kesdone by women and men teren to arrange a meeting – and they fail to see what with Trudeau so the prime the children need,” she minister can hear her plea. said. “There needs to be “I’m not giving up the co-operation between Leb- fight. I am going to puranon and Canada. It might sue this and give it whatnot happen until my chil- ever it takes.”



Nice job all around Kudos to all the support personnel who were on hand over the weekend and helped out with homes and businesses suffering due to the floodwaters through Chatham-Kent. Yes, the flooding in Thamesville wasn’t as bad as feared, and that most certainly was a good thing. People still had their hydro and natural gas shut off as a precaution. Upwards of 400 customers had their gas shut off in Thamesville, and a handful of Entegrus customers suffered a similar fate in Chatham. Prevention trumps convenience when it comes to a natural disaster, and it was heartening to see so many Entegrus, Union Gas and Hydro One crews out and about, along with fire, police, and Public Works personnel. The Thames River overflowed its banks, reaching a high-water peak in Thamesville early Saturday morning, and it later peaked in Chatham that night, rising about 17 feet above normal, and flooding several streets through Chatham’s core. Through it all, emergency personnel and the utility staff were close by, monitoring the situation and lending a hand when needed. That included the evacuation of a number of folks from their homes in Chatham by boat, as the rising water had left them trapped. The municipality also deserves thanks for making the Bradley Centre available for evacuees. Only two families made use of the facility, but had the water reached higher levels in Thamesville, things would have been much different. What did we learn from this flood? First off, the flood diversion channels in Chatham and north of Wallaceburg saved many a home and business from potential flooding. The Sydenham River rose quickly earlier in the week, but when officials closed the McKeough dam to divert water into the McKeough diversion channel, the problem was solved. In Chatham, the early high water in creeks was quickly handled by funneling water in to the diversion channel off McGregor Creek. What more can be done? Good question. We’re honestly not sure what provincial municipal affairs minister Bill Mauro means when he said Monday during a visit here that more must be done to mitigate flooding. If it’s worth exploring new options, we should be all ears.

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Wicks’ work ‘a breath of fresh air’ Sir: Your recent story about Kyle Wicks and his passion for photography “An Eye for Beauty” (Jan.17 Chatham Voice) was like a breath of fresh air. I commend his unabashed hard work and determination as well as his obvious talent for photography. It’s great to see someone as young as he is going to such heights to pursue

his interest. It was also enlightening to learn that “most of his material is all natural.” That seems to be fairly rare with today’s photographers. It also depicts the raw talent that this young man has. I imagine his camera and equipment are quite expensive, never mind the traveling that he’s done to capture many of

his beautiful shots. I loved that he scaled the crane of the Boardwalk Condo project to get the shots of the city. He is a risk taker and that alone shows his ambition and drive for his picture taking. He truly must be an inspiration to other young people and sends a message to all without even realizing it; “go for

whatever it is that you enjoy, whatever makes you happy; the results may be more than you expect.” Keep up the awesome work and your enthusiasm for your “hobby,” Kyle, and may it lead to everything you’ve dreamed of – and more. Ingrid Hakker Chatham

Take the time to read these stories Sir: Having read all items in the Feb. 15 issue of your community newspaper – all truthful and most pleasant, as usual – it’s obvious that there is so much kindness in events put on in our community of Chatham-Kent. In particular Alysson Storey of Rondeau’s letter to you was nicely filled with facts. She, softly, stated regarding Highway 401 barriers’s that, “This is so not over.” We read a number of

daily papers, where headlines would have us believe that all is well with present leaders of our province and our country. Due to people reading papers, besides The Voice, we would like to suggest these folks practice the new “mindfulness.” Take your newspaper to a quiet place where they will not be interrupted. Quiet their mind; then

read all articles in depth, not just the headlines. As a child I was told, “You can trust a thief, but never a liar”. A thief only steals, a liar controls. Lying is habit forming. It kills one’s conscience. With my parents’ advice in mind, I urge them to sit quietly for two or three minutes. Maybe shut their eyes. Allow their hearts and

consciences to speak “mindfully.” Doing such; they will gain truth, and wisdom. They will know whose sign to put on their lawns regarding the June 2018 provincial election. As well, the federal election, coming soon. It can be fun, to stop confusion, and just listen. Thank you for hearing our voices. Jim & Doreen Stonehouse Tilbury

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St. Clair Estate or waterpark? By Bruce Corcoran

Before the Thames River overflowed its banks last week, Chatham had another serious flooding incident in a section of town that’s about as far removed from the

Thames as you can get. St. Clair Estates. Randy Coote, chairman of the St. Clair Estates Tenants Association, said the private mobile home park floods all too often. “The last really big one was in November of 2011,” he said. “This

time around, we had 1012 inches of water sitting over the streets and in people’s yards.” It was so bad that the wake from passing vehicles was damaging the skirting around some of the homes, Coote’s wife Brenda said.

He agreed. “We were getting waves here on Regency Street. The wake from cars was hitting the house. People’s skirting was being ripped off from the waves from some of these vehicles,” he said. He added this year’s

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Water in St. Clair Estates reached upwards of a foot deep last week, following heavy rains. Such flooding is too commonplace, residents say.

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to get the issues presented to the owners. It’s a matter of working together,” he said. The frustration also comes from the fact the streets in the park aren’t assumed by the municipality. “There are times we feel we aren’t part of Chatham-Kent. It’s private property. It can be frustrating when you’re trying to get help,” Coote said. The water did dissipate quickly, he said, as within 48 hours the roads were back to normal. “But it was a long two days.”

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flood had several contributing factors, notably the heavy rain and the snow load that those rains washed away. “Part of the problem is that our sewers here haven’t been cleaned properly after the snowstorms. The debris contributed to our flooding,” he said. The flooding was such a problem for the Cootes that they had to carry their dog about 100 feet through the water to find solid enough ground for the animal to answer the call of nature. Coote said the tenants’ association has to sit down with the park’s owners to discuss what needs to be done to prevent the flooding from recurring. “The situation is quite an undertaking to go through and see what’s needed,” he said. “There have been flooding problems here dating back to the 1980s.” Coote said the all-too regular flooding has strained the patience of many a St. Clair Estates resident. “Residents are very frustrated. We try our best


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Scholarship options through LaSertoma

By Mary Beth Corcoran

As one of two LaSertoma clubs still active in Canada, the Chatham LaSertoma Club wants the community to know its doors are open to new members, and that applications are available for scholarships the club supports. At a meeting recently, club members, including President Helen Williston and Treasurer Barb Rylett, explained the many scholarships and charitable donations the club is involved in. With a current roster of 25 registered members and several more volunteers, the Chatham LaSertoma Club was founded in April of 1959. The only other club in Canada is in Thamesville, which is quite active in this area. Williston said while in the beginning, LaSertoma was comprised of wives, sisters and moms of Sertoma members, the clubs now have both male and female members, all dedicated to giving back to the community. “We are open to all new members and people who are interested in giving back to the community,” Williston said. “We have three-hour meetings once a month and we are always looking for new members with new ideas for fundraising or spon-

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The members of the Chatham LaSertoma Club, one of only two in Canada, met recently and showcased the scholarships and community service they can offer to youth and people in need.

sorships.” The club is responsible for a number of scholarships in the community, according to Rylett, including ones for continuing education, persons with special needs enrolled in graduate

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427 VICTORIA AVE $229,900

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4736 TALBOT, MERLIN • $508,888

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23 O’BRIEN $199,900 3br bungalow well maintained and updated with 2.5 car garage & private backyard. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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6 LEGACY $669,000 4br, 2.5 bath custom built 2 storey home built by Bouma. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

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He was a great speaker; at 14, he sounded like he was 25.” To apply, the youth, 19 years or younger, needs to write an essay about themselves and fill out the application form. The deadline is Feb. 28 but Williston said the club would consider all applications right up until they need to submit a recommen-

dation the week before March 23. The regional winner is announced April 21 and will go on to the international convention this year in St. Louis. As a supporter of literacy, Rylett said they have given away many books, including books for children with autism. “We want to get books into the hands of kids who normal-

ly don’t have books, and now Bibles for Missions is also on board with donating books to the WISH Centre in Chatham,” Rylett said. “Basically anyone who is in need can make a presentation to us and we will consider it.” To raise funds each year to give away the approximately $30,000 the group puts back

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Mexico a beautiful experience I did it. I took the first vacation I have been on since we began The Chatham Voice in July 2013. To say it was long overdue is probably an understatement, but you know how hard it is to leave your baby. Brenna and I were invited on a trip to Mexico with my brother, Tom, and his family – wife Delynne and son Matt, and my sister Jane and her son Connor. We had travelled together before and had a great time. As a person with a teenage girl, I was a little worried about travelling to Mexico and after reading the travel advisories about the country on the Canadian government website, my motherly

Mary Beth Corcoran paranoia only increased. I had planned to have her glued to my side the whole time, lectured her cousins about keeping an eye on her at all times and basically drove her crazy with a “DO NOT” list a mile long. Thankfully, once we arrived at our resort, I relaxed once I saw how many people were around, how attentive the staff were, and realized how much common

Body image film screening The Chatham Voice

There is a free screening of the highly acclaimed documentary film, Embrace on March 1 in Chatham. The C-K Co-ordinating Committee to End Violence Against Women, a collective of community organizations and justice partners working to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence through education and collaboration, will host the event. Body image activist Taryn Brumfitt explores alarming rates of body image issues seen in people of all body types. Embrace demonstrates how deeply embedded the importance of body image is in our world. Many women, in particular, are familiar with body dissat-

isfaction and the film really speaks to the fact that most of us are caught up in the rigidity of defined beauty. Poor body/self-image can have a profoundly negative effect on someone’s sense of worth and self-esteem. There is often a relationship between low self-esteem and domestic violence, and, people who experience sexual abuse may go on to develop eating disorders. Embrace will be screened 7 p.m. in the theatre at Ursuline College Chatham (UCC), located at 85 Grand Ave. W. in Chatham. Students in high school or post-secondary school will be eligible for door prizes in the form of McDonalds, Boston Pizza or iTunes gift cards. Everyone is welcome.

sense Brenna has. Mexico is an incredibly beautiful country, with friendly people proud of their culture and traditions. Yes, the poverty and criminal activity is a reality, but for tourists, they make every effort to shield you from that reality. On the Mayan Riviera, there are resorts, one after

the other, with beaches and tourist attractions everywhere. We did nearby trips to the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the conservation area Xel-Ha (my personal favourite with snorkeling, an incredible lazy river, a hammock city and kid zones) and Playa del Carmen. While I can’t say the

management at our resort were either friendly or accommodating (it was a time share), the staff were incredible, the food at the many restaurants was out of this world, and the grounds and pool were beautiful and quite expansive. The building on the Vidanta resort we stayed at, the Mayan Palace, was

fairly far away from the pool and restaurants, so a great deal of walking was involved, but the paths were well-lit and marked, and worth the more than 10,000 steps a day we put in. The resort also had trams that came by fairly often to pick you up and take you to other parts of the resort.

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t Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton, we are excited to be celebrating our 85th anniversary. We are the oldest Goodwill organization in Canada and we have some exciting events planned this year. In May, we will be hosting Goodwill Industries International’s President, Jim Gibbons, at our President’s Luncheon. Jim will be bringing greetings from our international office. In attendance we will also have CEOs from the five other Canadian Goodwill organizations, as well as presidents, executive directors and CEOs from many local organizations. This event would not be possible without the generous support of Libro Credit Union, our presenting sponsor. Later in May, on Wednesday May 16, we will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce Business After Five event at the Sarnia Riding Club presented by Selectpath. In 1936, Goodwill Industries Founder Reverend Edgar J. Helms came to speak at the Riding Club and we will be paying tribute to that visit at this event.

On May 31, 2018 we will celebrate the opening of our newest retail store at 11145 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor. We are very proud of the partnership we have built with AUBI Build Design on this project, and the support they have provided to Goodwill. On June 12, we will once again be holding our annual Libro Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament. On September 18, 2018 we will be hosting our Annual General Meeting in the Gateway Room of the St. Clair Corporate Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend. This will be an exciting time to reflect on our past achievements and look to the future. In this anniversary year, our focus remains on fulfilling our mission: Changing Peoples Lives through the Power of Work. One success that we are celebrating is the work of Barbara… Barbara lost hope for the future after her husband died. She had children to raise, needed an income and found work at a call centre. It was a

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difficult transition, but then the call centre closed and moved to Mexico. Goodwill provided support to the employees to smooth the transition. The Goodwill Career Centre was instrumental by helping her upgrade her computer skills and providing career assessment, counseling and interview training. Her life changed when she applied for a job in a Goodwill retail store. “What makes this place so different? I have never worked anywhere like this, it’s like working with family. It’s been a long time since I loved my job. Goodwill has given me back my sense of self-worth. That causes a ripple effect of happiness, so much so that I sometimes even dance in the kitchen, I am so happy! Goodwill has given me hope for the future, for a better life for my family; aspirations for my children. I love helping people and seeing the excitement on their faces when they find what they are looking for. I love touching someone’s life every day.

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Mayan Riviera a beautiful locale Continued from page 13

We spent most of our days around the salt water pool with attentive wait staff (oh, Darios, I miss you and your margaritas), went to a tequila tasting where I learned what we have here in Canada in not even close to how good the aged craft tequilas are in Mexico, and attended a Mexican Fiesta with an authentic Mariachi band and dance troupe. With diabetes, I had to be smart about what I ate and drank, and must say, I did a pretty good job. Aquafit every day in the pool was actually fun and good for me. Just a few tips if you are going to Mexico and have never been before. I would suggest an all-inclusive, as food and drink do add up; take American money for excursions and plenty of pesos for tips and gifts. VISA was taken just about everywhere in tourist areas but pesos were the best bet. If you are fair skinned at all, bring a hat and 50-plus sun screen and re-apply frequently or you will regret it. Bottled water was everywhere

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In the heart of the Mayan Riviera, the ancient ruins of Tulum sit on the Caribbean Sea, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Once a busy trading post in the 13th and 14th century, the walled city was abandoned by the ancient Mayas after the Spaniards began their occupation of Mexico in 1518.

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Run to support charity trip By Bruce Corcoran

Participation in a fundraising run here in Chatham-Kent in April will help a family 13,000 kilometres away. The Run4Rufiji takes place April 7, with the proceeds earmarked to help send a team of local people to the Rufiji River in Tanzania, Africa to help build a house for a family in need. Dale Elliott, a member of Team Tanzania 963, the group of locals headed for

Tanzania in late July, and one of the run organizers, said the run is a family event, not a chipped and closely timed run. “It’s a family event for fun and to raise awareness of what we’re doing in Africa,” he said. “We’re building a house for a family. They live in a thatched-roof, dirt-floor hut. They’re living in squalor.” Why send help to Tanzania? Elliott said there is a local connection with the East Africa River Mission. It’s creator is Graydon

Baker, who grew up in Chatham-Kent. He’s the son of former Emmanuel Baptist Church pastor Rick Baker. “He’s been there six years, with the non-profit and a safari business,” Elliott said. “We’re supporting what he’s doing by going over and giving our time.” The trip takes place over three weeks, from July 24 to Aug. 15. Elliott said it would entail two solid weeks of building. The mission is

also erecting a school in the area, where children can learn English. “Their only chance of advancement is to learn English,” Elliott said of the children, “so they can go to university. There’s nothing wrong with hard work and labour, but if they want to become educated and go on to become a teacher or a doctor or anything else, they have to learn English.”

Gender equality: a global objective In 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This set of 17 goals aims to transform the world through economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Among these 17 goals for a better future is Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This means that the 193 UN member nations recognize that gender equality is essential to the development of a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The UN argues that the autonomy of women and girls is vital to economic growth and social development and that, conversely, inequality is a universal barrier to progress. All countries are therefore working to achieve gender equality, whether it’s by investing in education, ensuring better access to health care for women and girls, or incentivizing parity on the job market.


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Team Tanzania 963, a group of local missionaries, is hosting the Run4Rufiji in April, with proceeds helping to fund the team’s trip to the Rufiji River area of Tanzania, where they will help build a house for an impoverished family.

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They don’t have water, electricity ... all the things we take for granted.” Here in Canada, we assume most, if not all, farms have tractors. That’s not the case where Team Tanzania 963 is headed. “At Christmas, they (the mission) gifted the community with a farm tractor. It was a huge deal there,” Elliott said.

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Home of the $3 watch battery 131 Park Ave. E., Chatham • 519-354-4127 Thursday, March 1, 2018 • Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent’s Trivia Night at the Ten Seven Cafe & Lounge (595 St. Clair St., Chatham). Put together a team of 4, create an awesome team name and register for a fun-filled night of trivia, prizes, a silent auction and much more! $25/person. Munchies included. Full bar available. Register online or visit our website to access to the sign up link. • The 58th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Service at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham (beside the bus depot) beginning at 12:10pm-12:35pm, followed by a sandwich luncheon in the parish hall. The theme this year is “A Closer Walk. A Journey into Spiritual Disciplines”. The speaker will be the Rev. Terry McNear, Interim Rector St. James Anglican Church, Wallaceburg. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community. Friday, March 2, 2018 • Royal Canadian Merlin Legion BR.465 hot and tasty 5pc Perch Dinner. $12.50/person. Children 12 & under 1/2 price. Everyone Welcome! • World Day of Prayer Service. 2:00pm. Holy Trinity/St. Paul’s Church. Selkirk & Victoria, Chatham. All Welcome. Saturday, March 3, 2018 • St. Joseph’s CWL’s is sponsoring a giant garage/vendor sale from 8:30am-noon in the Spirit and Life Centre, 184 Wellington St. West, Chatham. Refreshments available. To book a table call Beth at 519-352-7479. • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome. • Entertainment with Bill at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. 2:00pm. • Yard/Bake Sale at Campbell A.M.E. Church, corner of King St. E. & Prince St. S. Lots of new, different items, yummy desserts, homemade items. Hot dogs & sausage on a bun available. 8:30am-noon. All Welcome. • Team Rock....ette fundraiser for Run for the Cure. All proceeds to Breast Cancer Canada. 6:00pm-1:00am. Dinner at 7:00pm. Dance with live band and silent auction. Moose Lodge, Richmond St., Chatham. Monday, March 5, 2018 • The Chatham-Kent Film Group presents “Meditation Park” at Galaxy Cineplex. Shows are at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. $10 cash at the door. Tuesday, March 6, 2018 • Entertainment with George Wilson at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. 2:00pm.

• Love to sing and want to be blessed each week? Come and celebrate all things musical with Jubilee Chorus, a multi-faith, interdenominational choir. No experience necessary, no auditions required! 7:30pm-9:30pm at St. Andrew’s United church (85 William St., Chatham) Call 519-397-3318 for info. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 • Patricia M. Productions Monthly Luncheon Fashion Show at Rossini’s Restaurant, 634 Grand Ave. E., 519-352-2920. Fashions by The Loft. Supporting Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent. Friday, March 9, 2018 • The Chatham Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists is sponsoring an Organ Concert at 7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, 85 William St. S., Chatham. Free will offering will be held. Nationally renowned organist Tammy-Jo Mortensen will perform on the great 3 manual Casavant organ. The concert is titled “Influences” including pieces by Back, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude and many more. • Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus Fish Fry from 5:00pm6:30pm. Perch or Pickerel Dinner with all the fixings for only $16. Children 7-13 $7. Children under 6 free. Macaroni and cheese dinners also available for $5. Tickets at the parish office St. Agnes/Blessed Sacrament Parish Cluster office, 52 Croydon St., Chatham. 519-352-9370. Free after-school tutoring! Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm (sessions run for a half hour) First Reformed Church, 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. 519-354-8257. Call Betty 519-354-8902 for more info. Register Now! Winter/Spring Social Skills Program for Elementary Students. Small group skills session. Wednesdays March 21 - May 23, 2018. Winter/Spring Secondary School Transitioning Program. A transition program for students grades 7-9. Thursdays March 22-May 24, 2018. Friends for Life is a program to help build emotional skills. Thursdays March 22 - May 24, 2018. For pre-registration and information call LDA of Chatham-Kent at 519-352-2024. CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Free Mindful Meditation classes! Everyone Monday and Wednesday 10:45-11:15pm by Yoga Glow Studio, 21 McKeough Ave. (inside Balance), Chatham. By donation to New Beginnings ABI & Stroke Recovery Association, Chatham-Kent. Everyone welcome, no experience required. Submit your coming events to or

Aaron Hall/Special to The Chatham Voice

Ashley Gialelem earned the Sid Ebare Perseverance Award from the Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee for her steady persistence in living beyond limitation.

Accessibility awards handed out in Wallaceburg By Aaron Hall Contributing Writer

The Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee handed out its annual awards during a presentation at the Oaks Retirement Village in Wallaceburg on Feb. 20. The Sid Ebare Perseverance Award was presented to Ashley Gialelem, for her steady persistence in living beyond limitation. “When they asked me to accept this award, I didn’t know what to say because this award is not only my award, it is my family’s award,” Gialelem said. “They have gotten me to where I am to who I am today. There is one person in this room, and they might not like what I’m going to say, but she is the best person I could have in my life and that is my mom.” Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope said Gialelem has been a constant advocate for accessible transportation in Chatham-Kent. “It is a priority of ours,” Hope said. “We’re going to get through it. We’re going to make the changes. We have a committee out there working on this. There are many others that don’t have the ability to get around Chatham-Kent as easily as they’d like to. What we need to do as a community is make sure we live up to the standards.” The Sheila Lindsey-Powers Accessibility Advocate Award was presented to Daniel Whittal and Rachel Schwarz for their dedication to people of all abilities through their pro-

grams offered at the Brio Academy. “This award, it means a lot to the team,” Schwarz said. “It is an acknowledgement of the work we’ve been trying to do, but it is also something that we are going to use to hold up to what we are doing in the future, and say does this meet the standards that we have set for ourselves and the trust that the community has put in us and our families have put in us, because that is what it is all about. Schwarz added, “Our students are our family as well. Every student that comes through our door is unique and they are full of unlimited potential. We want to make sure that is something we are always keeping in mind.” The host business was also one of the award recipients, as they were presented with the Dr. Veronica Vaughan Most Accessible Business Award, for their exceptional customer service to people of all abilities Ralph Roels, the chair of the Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee, said the mandate for the committee is to try to assure that municipal properties and services are accessible to people of all abilities. “This is part of my role that I really, really enjoy,” Roels said about handing out the awards. The committee is a working committee of Chatham-Kent council and it advises and assists municipal departments in promoting and facilitating a barrier-free Chatham-Kent for citizens of all abilities.





Writing tips in Wallaceburg The Chatham Voice

A local author will be giving away all her secrets of success in Wallaceburg in March. Jacqueline Garlick will discuss her experience in becoming a published author as well as her lat-

est books at the Wallaceburg branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library on March 8 at 6:30 pm. Garlick has developed a Writer’s Series of books to guide writers in developing their writing skills called “Tick-Tock Plot” and “Tick-Tock Edits.”

Join the author at the library as she speaks indepth about taking the grief and stress out of story creation and developing your skills to publish

your work. Garlick is the author of a young adult steampunk trilogy “The Illumination Paradox.” She has received a LYRA award and

Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion for her books. She also writes under the name Jacquie Gee. For more information on Jacqueline, visit her web-

page Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register online at or call 519-627-5292. Municipal Act, 2001 c. 25 s. 379 (2) O. Reg. 181/03, s. 5(1), Form 6


Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below until 3:00 p.m. local time on March 14th, 2018, at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Civic Centre, 315 King Street West, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 315 King Street West, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8.

Description of Land(s)

Minimum Tender Amount

All lands are in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, the following are the geographic descriptions and municipal addresses.

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When in Tanzania later this year, a local team of missionaries will help this family build go from this mud-walled hut to a concrete-walled home.

Team to help family construct a house

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“All of a sudden they could do a lot more planting that they just couldn’t do before.” Fourteen people make up Team Tanzania 963, with a dozen coming from Emmanuel Baptist Church and two from St. Paul’s Congregational. Some of the funding for the trip is coming from the churches, and team members are putting in their own money as well, Elliott said. To help send the 14 members of the team to Tanzania, and to help fund the projects they will work on while there, Elliott asks for participation in the Run4Rufiji. He added, organizers have kept costs down, with the entry point at $50 for a family or $20 per

individual. They’ve also kept it fairly basic. Simple food, such as fruit and granola bars, will be available to runners, and they can purchase a T-shirt. In fact, they can purchase one for a child in Tanzania too. “For $30, you get a race shirt and give a Canada 150 shirt to a child in Africa. We’ve partnered with some great local businesses to be able to do that.” But to get a shirt, you must register by March 15 at Elliott added he’s not sure at this point if this will become an annual event but noted that the churches will send missionaries to the region in the future. “We could bring back the run, depending on the popularity of it,” he said.


Roll # 3650-020-001-34130 Pt Lt 4, Con 1, Pt 2, 24R762; Romney; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. 467 1st Concession Line, (Wheatley). P.I.N. 00846 0368 (LT).



Roll # 3650-020-001-58600 Pt Lt 5, Blk C, Pl 184, As In 477590; Wheatley; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 26 Talbot Rd E, (Wheatley). P.I.N. 00843 0006 (LT).



Roll # 3650-060-004-13700 Pt Lt 15, Con 13, Part 1, 24R2257; S/T TE20304 Tilbury East; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 3719 Goodreau Line, (Coatsworth Station). P.I.N. 00823 0027 (LT).



Roll # 3650-140-006-35500 Pt Blks L, N & V, Plan 109 As In 109263, Harwich, Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being Brock St, (Blenheim). P.I.N. 00938 0822 (LT).



Roll # 3650-140-006-68800 Pt Lts 11 & 12, S Wellington St, Plan 109 As In SH1320; Harwich; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 44 Wellington St, (Blenheim). P.I.N. 00939 0175 (LT).



Roll # 3650-140-006-78800 Lt 1, S Kent St, Plan 109 Harwich; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 2 Kent St, (Blenheim). P.I.N. 00939 0258 (LT).



Roll # 3650-140-010-70800 Lot 9, Blk A, Plan 196, Harwich; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 19397 Charing Cross Rd, (Cedar Springs). P.I.N. 00940 0115 (LT).



Roll #’s 3650-380-001-18700 & 3650-380-001-18800 Lt 1-2 Blk P Pl 144; Chatham-Kent; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 142-146 London Rd, (Thamesville). P.I.N. 00723 0121 (LT).



Roll # 3650-390-003-30100 Lot 18 Blk N Plan 135; Chatham-Kent; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. 603 Fuller St, (Dresden). P.I.N. 00603 0109 (LT).


10. Roll # 3650-420-002-03200 Part Lot 31, 34 Block M Plan Old Survey As In 617188; Chatham-Kent, Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 166 Colborne St, (Chatham). P.I.N. 00503 0029 (LT).


11. Roll # 3650-420-003-15200 Pt Lt 193 Pl Old Survey As In 544843; Chatham-Kent; Municipality of ChathamKent. Being 116 Wellington St E, (Chatham). P.I.N. 00503 0177 (LT).


12. Roll # 3650-420-020-10800 Pt Lt 7-8 Blk 5 Pl 291 Together With a R.O.W. Over Pt of Lot 7, Blk 5, Plan 291 As In 346342; Chatham-Kent, Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 25 Richmond St, (Chatham). P.I.N. 00506 0300 (LT).


13. Roll # 3650-420-030-08500 Part Lot 6 Plan 28 S/S Murray Street As In 583299; Chatham-Kent, Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 198 Murray St, (Chatham). P.I.N. 00503 0280 (LT).


14. Roll # 3650-420-047-06700 Pt Lt 1 Blk L Pl 2 As In 372931; S/T Execution 05-0000001, If Enforceable; Chatham-Kent; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 90 Grand Ave E, (CHATHAM). P.I.N. 00541 0192 (LT).


15. Roll # 3650-420-050-15800 Pt Lt 16 Blk U Pl 4 As In 631272; Chatham-Kent; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. $8,861.96 CANCELLED Being 207 Grand Ave E, (CHATHAM). P.I.N. 00547 0246 (LT). 16. Roll # 3650-480-002-17300 Pt Lt 5 Pl 428 As In 661564; Chatham-Kent; Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Being 24224 Winterline Rd, (Pain Court). P.I.N. 00784 0137 (LT).


Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order, or of a bank draft, or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality (or board) and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes, HST (if applicable) and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Title

Name of Municipality or Board

Amy McLellan, Manager Revenue or Steven Brown, Deputy Treasurer

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Address of Municipality or Board 315 King Street West, P O Box 640, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8

Personal information contained on this form, collected pursuant to the Municipal Act will be used for the purposes of that Act. Questions should be directed to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator at the institution responsible for the procedures under that Act.



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ACROSS 1 “If I may interrupt, ...” 5 Pen filler 8 Otherwise 12 African gully 13 Born 14 Sweetie

15 “Metamorphoses” poet 16 Make less intense 18 Disappointment 20 Shampoo directive 21 Author Buscaglia 22 Cravat 23 Fireplace minutia 26 Square dance party

30 -- constrictor 31 Prompt 32 Court 33 Overwhelm 36 Archipelago components 38 Suitable 39 Modern-day evidence 40 Frighten 43 Dusk 47 Prison security measure 49 Pelvic bones 50 Baseball’s Hershiser 51 Varnish ingredient 52 Breaks a Commandment 53 Simple 54 Coloring agent 55 Slam-dance DOWN 1 MPs’ quarry 2 Own 3 Tend manuscripts 4 Center 5 Halved 6 Night light?

7 Barbie’s companion 8 Formed a vortex 9 Ponce de -10 Cutting tools 11 Sea flyer 17 Great Lake 19 “-- the ramparts ...” 22 Pirouette pivot 23 Recede 24 Cattle call? 25 Satchel 26 Attila, e.g. 27 Hooter 28 Trouble 29 Ph. bk. data 31 100 lbs. 34 In an ominous way 35 Newspaper pg. 36 Hostel 37 Cruel treatment 39 Conical-cap wearer 40 -- gin fizz 41 Cat of “Iron Chef America” 42 High cards 43 Vacillate 44 Hodgepodge 45 Victories 46 Doggerelist Ogden 48 Antiquated

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Try us out on Sundays at 8:30 (yes, a.m.) for a traditional service or 10:30 a.m. for a more contemporary one, or Wed. at 10 a.m. might work better for you.

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The Discipline of Study by Rev. Albert Lambkin

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Ebbel Jongsma 93, Friday, February 16, 2018 Denning’s

Murray Pepper 71, Thursday, February 8, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mr. Kenneth Bellamy Thursday, February 15, 2018 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Marie Cartier 94, Friday, February 23, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mike VanderSluis 92, Friday, February 23, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Barry Somers 65, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Ronald McLean 79, Thursday, February 15, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

James Babister 63, Monday, February 19, 2018 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Kenneth Hearns 71, Friday, February 16, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

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Assessing the flood damage

By Mary Beth Corcoran

While the state of emergency was to stay in effect in Chatham-Kent this week, the flood waters of the Thames River slowly receded Sunday and Monday, leaving behind trees, silt and debris in its wake. Under sunny skies and mild temperatures Monday afternoon, provincial municipal affairs minister Bill Mauro toured the flooded areas in Thamesville and Chatham, and let municipal officials know about next steps for disaster relief. Mauro addressed first responders at the Chatham fire hall in the municipal building, thanking them for their excellent response and helping ensure there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of flooding along the Thames. “Helping individuals and communities recover following a natural disaster is a priority for our government,” Mauro said in a statement. “Ontario offers assistance when a natural disaster damages municipal infrastructure or leads to extraordi-

nary emergency response costs.” He said the province will also assist with damage to eligible private property. Once the Provincial Disaster Assessment Team finishes its evaluation in this area this week, the municipality and residents with flood damage will know if they are eligible for provincial assistance from two individual programs: The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program helps municipalities that have sustained emergency response costs, or damage to essential property or infrastructure, as a result of a natural disaster. The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program provides financial assistance to individuals, small businesses, farmers and notfor-profit organizations that have experienced damage to or loss of essential property as a result of a natural disaster. It is not a substitute for insurance. Detailed information about Ontario’s disaster recovery assistance programs is available on the ministry website at ontar-

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Thames Street on the north side of the river in Chatham vanished for most of the weekend, as flood waters rose.



Robert L’Ecuyer/Special to The Chatham Voice

An aerial view of the overflowing Thames River through Chatham on Saturday, looking northeast from the downtown core. Mauro said for residents to make sure they keep accurate records and receipts of damage in the event they can apply for the DRAO program. Mauro said there has been an increase in natural disasters, much of it overland flooding, in past five years, and a discussion on how better to mitigate the problem with infrastructure programs needs to be had with the federal government. He said more forward-thinking, co-ordinated responses are needed to help stop flooding in the future, and stressed the need for disaster relief. According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the government has re-

sponded by providing assistance and by updating its disaster recovery assistance programs to better meet the needs of residents and municipalities. In 2017, Ontario set aside up to $12.5 million to provide disaster assistance across 37 municipalities that were affected by flooding. Mayor Randy Hope, who walked with the minister along the Thames River near city hall, said he is very proud of the response of not just first responders like the police and firefighters who rescued people from their flooded homes, but also municipal agencies like the Public Utilities Commission, Entegrus and Union Gas, who co-ordi-

nated quick action to ensure the safety of people. “All the responders came together. Everyone was working as a team to make sure the community was protected. It was great to see such co-ordination and collaboration from everyone – from those who work for the municipality, and CHAPS and others,” Hope said. “There were no injuries and no fatalities and that’s something we are proud of. We were able to weather the storm and were very fortunate. We were lucky. Relative to water height, it was only 20 cm lower than the flood of ’85 and thankfully there was no ice on the river, which would have made it worse.”

Hope said once waters subside to normal levels, staff will be doing an assessment to check embankments, dykes, downtown Chatham, etc. to see what has been damaged and the debris left behind such as the downed trees on the banks of the river between the Third and Fifth Street bridges. “From the residents side, we will start to phase in the recovery side. The state of emergency will stay in effect for the recovery for residents and the municipality to assess all the damage,” Hope said. “I want to make sure our community doesn’t look like a disaster area, so once the water subsides, we will deal with reconstruction and clean up.”

Michelle Owchar/The Chatham Voice

A passing vehicle sends river water flying as it goes through downtown Thamesville Saturday morning. While the main streets the the East Kent community saw some water, it wasn’t as bad as expected.





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Sunday, March 4 11:00am-3:00pm

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Murano features sleek lines The Chatham Voice

The Nissan Murano remains a hot ticket here in Chatham-Kent. Craig Bullen, general manager at Chatham Nissan, said the Murano is the second-best selling vehicle at the dealership, behind the sporty and compact Nissan Rogue. He sees the Murano’s success in its mass appeal. “It’s the design; Nissan’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System, great overall comfort and superb value for your dollar,” Bullen said. “It has very comfortable seating for long drives.” He added that 95 per cent of the Muranos sold by Chatham Nissan are the all-wheel drive ver-

sion, perfect for facing the variable winters Mother Nature throws at us here in Chatham-Kent. Just because the weather varies here in Chatham-Kent doesn’t mean the smoothness of your ride has to. The second you pull away, the available Nissan Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System turns on, delivering power to both front and rear wheels for improved grip. Once you’re up to speed, Murano’s All-Wheel Drive efficiently sends the power all up front, and compensates around corners by intuitively transferring power between wheels for enhanced control and traction. Premium comes standard with the 2018 Murano. The interior will

remind you of the most comfortable room in your home, and the ultra-modern open concept interior inspires conversation. Passengers ride in fullsized, reclining seats. There is a host of options to choose from, Bullen said, with popular choices that include blindspot warning system, intelligent cruise control, air-conditioned and/or


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Fresh looks abound for 2018 Hyundai models The Chatham Voice

Hyundai’s engineers just might be considered automotive surgeons this year. They’ve enhanced many of their models for 2018, with some receiving a facelift, while others have all-new design features. “Almost all of our vehicles will receive a facelift or redesign this year,” Jeremy Derksen, sales consultant with Van Kesteren Hyundai, said. “There are tons of improvements at Hyundai.” Those include a facelift for the dependable Hyundai Tucson, and complete redesigns for the stylish Sonata, the compact Accent, sporty Veloster and the rugged Santa Fe.

Van Kesteren Hyundai is excited for the new Santa Fe to be revealed later this summer, and the SUV is one of the dealership’s best sellers. The all-new 2018 Sonata just came out in late 2017. The sedan received a new body design and a host of new technological advances. Those include a standard seven-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera (an eight-inch navigational system touchscreen is optional), blind spot detection and lane-change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and even an available driver attention alert system that suggests the driver take a break if signs of fatigue occur.

Many of our vehicles today can utilize Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to sync your smartphone to your vehicle, but Hyundai has gone one step further, as you can start your vehicle remotely and have temperature control through Hyundai’s BlueLink App. With all the new looks and improvements this year, Hyundai has also made a key addition to its lineup, the 2018 Kona, a compact SUV that’s great on the highway or in the urban jungle. With Kona, driving and parking in tight spaces doesn’t have to be stressful. Enjoy the agile manoeuvrability of a passenger car, and the higher perspective of an SUV.

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The sleek look of the new 2018 Hyundai Kona, a compact crossover that’s sure to be at home on the open highway or tight city streets.

Van Kesteren Hyundai expects a great deal of interest in the new SUV, due in part to its excellent price point and some of the top technology on the market.

That includes an available heads-up display, BlueLink, and wireless phone charging. With new models like the Kona, new body styles and technology, great

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2018 Wrangler stays true to its roots The Chatham Voice

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL may be the product of a strong redesign, but it certainly stays close to its iconic roots. Mike Hogue, gener-

al manager at Chatham Chrysler, said the company is celebrating 77 years of Jeeps, dating back to 1941 when the utility 4x4 started serving the needs of the U.S. Army. A great deal has changed

over the years, but one look at a Jeep Wrangler, and you know exactly what you are smiling at. “The design has remained faithful to the original for decades,” Hogue said.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon can take you pretty much anywhere you want to drive.

The all-new 2018 Wrangler features an upgraded interior, new technology, and improved ride quality. But Jeep has gone several steps further on the improvements. Jeep now offers a pow-

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er-sliding canvas top, which can open at speeds up to 100 km/h. The rear quarter windows pop out as well, ensuring an openair experience without having to remove the entire roof. The new interior is loaded with technology, including seven- and 8.3inch Uconnect screens, multiple USB connection ports, and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can live stream music from your smartphone, and talk hands free. There’s no shortage of power, as the Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-litre V6 that cranks out 285 horsepower. Hogue said the Jeep Wrangler has go-anywhere appeal. “A Wrangler has no limits. There’s nowhere you can’t go. It’s one of the unique vehicles that are designed for the off road,” he said. “It’s freedom to go wherever you want. You want to go through the bush? Go. You want to cross that stream? Go.”

Having standard 33-inch all-terrain tires, higher fenders, improved crawl ratios, disconnecting sway bars, and locking front and rear differentials – all standard on the 2018 Jeep Rubicon – certainly helps. “The Rubicon edition is the true off-road edition. It’s popular with avid Jeep fans. The locking axels put the power where it’s needed most,” Hogue said. The Wrangler exudes enjoyment, whatever the season. “It’s a fun vehicle. It’s an open-air vehicle in the summer months,” Hogue said, referring to the ability to remove the windows, the top and even the doors. “You also have the versatility in the winter of the four-by-four. It’s a year-round vehicle.” To check out the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, stop by Chatham Chrysler, your Jeep headquarters in Chatham-Kent, on Richmond Street. Or come see the Wrangler at the Chatham Indoor Auto Show.

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Dream On: The 2018 Kia Stinger The Chatham Voice

It turned heads with its

Super Bowl commercial featuring Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and the

2018 Kia Stinger continues to turn heads here in Chatham-Kent.

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The new 2018 Kia Stinger is a powerful sports sedan that won’t break your wallet.

Mike Weber, general manager at Lally Kia on Richmond Street, said the red Stinger parked in front of the dealership is an attention grabber. And with good reason. “I’ve been super excited about this car. I love a sedan with some power. This vehicle has it all,” Weber said of the Stinger, which has sleek lines reminiscent of European luxury sports sedans. Only, the Stinger won’t sting your wallet. The top-of-the-line version of the all-wheel drive sports sedan, with dual-turbo 365-horsepower 3.3-litre engine, is priced under $50,000, much less than comparable European models. “This car has features you’ll find in BMWs and Audis priced tens of thousands of dollars more,” Weber said. “The Stinger offers incredible value with some great,

great features. It’s an incredible vehicle.” Did we mention its versatility? It’s a four-door, with a hatchback, meaning there’s room for five, and plenty of space for baggage, with easy access. “From a golfer’s perspective, it’s easy to get your clubs in and out,” Weber said, something that is made even easier with the power tailgate. “You just pop it and it lifts right up. For bags and luggage, it’s easy in and easy out.” Available upgrades include Napa leather interior, air-cooled front seats, wireless cell phone charger, 360-degree monitoring and autonomous emergency braking. “There isn’t a feature this vehicle doesn’t have. It even comes with a heads-up display,” Weber said. “I’ve had experience driving with a

heads-up display (where important information is displayed right on the windshield). Your eyes are always focused out in front of you.” The Stinger is just the latest in head-turning rides from Kia. The company offers quality at a reasonable price. “The big thing about Kia is that it is not a company that builds cheap cars. It has won the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for the past two years running,” Weber said. “This is the new Kia per se in terms of putting out high-quality, well-priced vehicles.” He added the company is more concerned with placing the needs of the customer first. “We’re not looking to sell cars, we’re looking to gain customers,” Weber said. “We just want an opportunity to showcase the Kia lineup.”


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Accord impresses yet again The Chatham Voice

Some fear the future. Others drive it. Many of those “others” are behind the wheel of a Honda Accord. The All New 2018 Accord is the North American Car of the Year, and the 2018 Car of the Year, as chosen by members of the Association of Canadian Automobile Journalists (AJAC). Todd Bennett, general manager at Honda House in Chatham, said winning awards is what the Honda Accord does. “I don’t know if there is a car that has won more awards,” he said. “It’s been in Car & Driver’s Top 10 a total of 32 times. It’s an impressive car.”

The 2018 has it all, sleek design, fuel economy, performance, and technological advancements. “The car was completely redesigned this year. It wasn’t a refresh. They did everything right,” Bennett said. “For starters, they made the interior space a bit bigger without making the car that much bigger, and there’s lots of space in the trunk.” Honda also paid close attention to safety features, Bennett said. Anti-lock brakes, tire pressure sensors, Vehicle Stability Assist, Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, and eight standard airbags are part of your piece of mind. “Honda designed the car

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The all-new 2018 Honda Accord is the 2018 North American Car of the Year.

to dominate the segment, but they always keep in mind safety and performance and fuel economy,” he said. “This car gets great gas mileage and still has lots of power. It’s the drivability. You can feel the difference.”

In terms of new technology, the 2018 Accord features brake mitigation, lane keeping, blind spot monitoring, and even blind spot sensing. “They’re pretty advanced. A lot of cars will tell you to stop; this car

will actually stop,” he said. The Accord also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, so you can take advantage of handsfree communication, and stream music from your smartphone.

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2018 Tiguan, a great fit for life in C-K The Chatham Voice

The totally redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is sure to be a hot seller this year in Canada, and Volkswagen Chatham staff anticipate great interest locally. Nathan Jenner, general manager of the Keil Drive dealership, said the Tiguan has been redesigned this year.

“It includes all the tech it should have, with a good ride, great dependability and reliability,” he said. The Tiguan combines unrivalled versatility and fashionable finesse in the perfect blend that’s never bland. Rugged, refined, and just racy enough to raise a few eyebrows along the way. Did we mention it seats up to seven people?

As for the technology element Jenner mentioned, the Tiguan comes with available lane-departure adaptive cruise control, which can help you maintain a comfortable distance from the car ahead of you, and features automatic braking when traffic slows. And if you are drifting out of your lane, your car will send you a warning in advance.

A must for many Canadians during our cold winters is a remote starter for your vehicle. Jenner said the 2018 Tiguan is the first Tiguan to have this as an available option. Of course, Bluetooth comes standard on all Tiguans, allowing for easy connectivity for your smartphone for handsfree communication. Jenner said the Tiguan is

the totally redesigned Tiguan, shown here outside the redesigned Volkswagen Chatham showroom on Keil Drive in Chatham.

an all-around great vehicle. “I like the drive of it. I like when you close the doors, you can tell it’s a nice, solidly built vehicle,” he said. “It’s a great car. My mom drives one.” The Tiguan is also built right here in North America. It comes in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, and fea-

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tures Volkswagen’s fouryear/80,000 km comprehensive warranty, which provides great satisfaction and peace of mind. Jenner said pricing for a Tiguan starts with a base price of about $30,000. A fully loaded version can be yours for just over $40,000. The team at Volkswagen Chatham is so confident the redesigned Tiguan will be a hot ticket this year that they’ve ramped up their inventory of the utility vehicles. When you stop by to check out the 2018 Tiguan, take the time to look around Volkswagen Chatham’s redesigned showroom as well. “We just did a big renovation on it. It’s all open compared to what it used to be,” Jenner said. “There’s new tile, new glass offices – everything is about full exposure for the customer. The service department has been relocated to right by the entranceway.

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2018 Chatham Indoor Car Show Big options, small price with EcoSport The Chatham Voice

The new 2018 Ford EcoSport is the company’s most affordable crossover, and it’s a vehicle that should soon be seen on the streets of Chatham-Kent. Jeff Ameel, sales manager for Victory Ford, said the EcoSport is a compact crossover, perfect for this market. He said crossovers and small SUVs are in high demand in Chatham-Kent. “Crossovers are hot sellers in C-K. You have more space, and you sit up a little higher. They’re easier to get in and out of,” he said. With the EcoSport, you get the best of all worlds in the higher riding point and easier access, as well as a tight turning radius

and easier parking than what you’d find in a larger SUV. The EcoSport also exudes technology that makes driving more convenient than ever. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) can help sense traffic around you. SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility offers enhanced voice-recognition capability and an available eight-inch colour LCD touchscreen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom functionality. Two fast-charging USB ports, two 12-volt outlets and an available 110V outlet keep your devices humming. Available Intelligent Access means you can keep your fob in your pocket or purse to enter and start

The new 2018 Ford EcoSport is the company’s most affordable crossover.

your EcoSport and lock it behind you. The available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert uses radar to identify a vehicle detected in your blind spot and alerts you with an indicator light in the appropriate exterior

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mirror. Cross-traffic alert also uses radar to watch for traffic behind your vehicle as you’re slowly backing out of a parking spot or driveway. If cross-traffic sensors detect a vehicle approaching from up to 13.7 metres away, you

will be audibly and visually alerted. The available SYNC 3 system not only connects your smartphone to your vehicle for communication and audio streaming purposes, it also lets owners and passengers connect to an in-vehicle Wi-Fi

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hotspot. Up to 10 devices can connect at once. Ford delivers pep and fuel economy with its EcoBoost engines, and the turbocharged 1.0L in the EcoSport is no exception. The 2018 Ford EcoSport is transportation with a Master’s Degree.

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The Chatham Voice, March 01, 2018  

The March 1, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent weekly newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013

The Chatham Voice, March 01, 2018  

The March 1, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent weekly newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013